Having a rude co-worker is like having a pimple on your face that just wouldn’t go away. It makes itself known at the most inconvenient of times (right when you’re having a really good conversation with your office crush) and gets in the way of your otherwise perfectly wonderful day. The only difference is, you can pop a pimple out of existence. A rude co-worker, on the other hand, needs quite a lot of paperwork to be transferred out of your department and into somebody else’s (sorry, you’re not sorry).

This is exactly GIRLTalker tennisgirl’s dilemma. “Meron kaming co-worker dito na may attitude problem. From what I've heard, nilipat-lipat na siya ng department. Meron din daw siyang nakaaway sa original department niya (We have a co-worker here who has an attitude problem. From what I’ve heard, she has been transferred from department to department. Apparently, she got into a fight with someone from her original department),” she wrote on the forum.

The said co-worker didn’t seem to be too well-liked at all considering her penchant for making other people do her work. GT member tennisgirl hardly spoke to her, preferring to keep their relationship professional, but it all came to a head in the pantry one day when she and the transferee exchanged a few heated words. From then on, they’ve been talking back at each other. How should tennisgirl handle the situation?

Here, the other GIRLTalkers share their advice.

1. whitelady17

Deadma sis, you are there to work and not to make friends naman eh, work-related talk to her. Kapag panay ang pasa ng work eh puwede namang tumanggi kahit naman senior na iyan kung pareho kayo ng designation eh dapat alam niya gawin mga bagay-bagay. Huwag kasi tanggap ng tanggap eh. If may enough reasons to refuse the job, say it out loud sa kaniya. Huwag ka masyado papa-apekto, ang pikon talo. So hayaan mo siyang maubos ang kandila niya sa inis para dumami wrinkles niya lol.

(Ignore her, sis, you are there to work and not to make friends anyway. If it's work-related, talk to her. If she keeps on passing the workload, you can always refuse even though she’s already a senior. But if both of you have the same designation, then she should know how to do certain things. Don’t keep on accepting. If there are enough reasons to refuse the job, say it out loud to her. Don’t be too affected. The first one to lose her cool loses. Just let her lose her patience so she’d have more wrinkles lol).

2. Kady 14

Non-existent siya sa 'yo, ganun gawin mo. Ganyan ako dati sa mga di ko gustong officemate. I just talk to them if it's really needed like work-related. hehe... Ayoko ma-stress.

(She should be non-existent to you. That’s what I used to do with officemates I don’t like. I just talk to them if it’s really needed like if it's work-related. Hehe… I don’t want to be stressed out.)

(Photo from The Devil Wears Prada courtesy of Warner Bros.)

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